South Wagga Wagga Church
The Pleasure and Pain of Love - Song of Songs 2:8-17 and 5:2-16
We continue listening to the Song of Songs and we see that love in this world can often be a bumpy ride. The lovers in the story long to be together but they face threats to their relationship and circumstances that show us both the pleasures and pain of love.
The Gift of Love - Song of Songs 1:1-2:7
Found in the middle of our Bibles is this beautiful poetic writing about love in all its intensity and passion. It is aptly named the Song of Songs, and this is a song we need to hear so that we will understand better the good gift of love that God has given to us.
Stephen, full of God's grace and power - Acts 7:30-60
This is another pivotal moment for the early church as we are told of the first Christian Martyr. Stephen speaks boldly about how we can know the true and living God through Jesus, and while those who opposed Stephen sought to stop his message, the result of his death was the gospel beginning to be scattered to the nations.
So the word of God spread - Acts 6: 1-7
As the church multiplies, we see Satan attack the church as they struggle with internal conflict, distracting those whose primary call is to word ministry. We see however, that order is restored from Satan's chaos as faithful men are chosen to do the work of ministry among the church, allowing the Gospel to be proclaimed and lives continue to be changed.
Counted worthy of suffering - Acts 5: 17-42
Again we see that the apostles are arrested, and again warned to stay silent about Jesus. But despite threats and punishment the apostles continue to speak boldly about Jesus. Their boldness is a great encouragement and challenge to us as they not only endured but rejoiced at being counted worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.
The Awesome Presence of God
In this reading today, we see the first episode of sin and deceit within the early Christian community. How will this impact the community? What will God do about it? We will see a warning as God still takes sin very seriously as well as an encouragement as he is able to overcome sin.